Two Mini Reviews

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren\\
This book was beyond adorable. Hazel is my spirit animal. This book was full of all kinds of humor and cuteness and just the right amount of cheese. I’m still struggling with my thoughts on this book because I loved it so much! Josh and Hazel are complete opposites but the author made them connect so well. I really enjoyed the writing. I felt like I was Hazels BFF while reading! I’m going to check out another Christina Lauren novel because her writing was SO GOOD!

The Proposal by Jasmine Gullory\\
I was enjoying this book for the most part. Until the end when the “conflict” happened. These characters were suppose to be in their mid 30’s or so but they acted like they were in relationship for 12 year olds. Carlos was really sweet. I liked the Nik was a strong female character with strong female friends but the ending ruined the whole book for me, sadly. I’m still glad I read it though! It was an interesting story. Their is a lot of diversity in this story though. That was super fun! 😀

MYSTERY BLOGGER AWARD

Hello fellow readers! I was tagged by Kaira @ The Classy Classics to do the Mystery Blogger Award! Thanks darling! I appreciate it 😀

 

THE RULES

  • Thank whoever nominated you and include a link to their blog
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself
  • Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award
  • Answer the questions from the person who nominated you
  • Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny one

Three Things About Me:

  1. I’m currently on the registry to be a bone marrow donor. I’m too scared to give blood so I thought being a bone marrow donor is my best bet 🙂
  2. I’m going to college to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Helping patients is one of my all time favorite things ❤
  3. Tigers are one of my favorite animals. Elephants are probably a close second!

Karia’s Questions:

1.What is the most embarrassing moment of your life?

Honestly, there wasn’t a huge moment in my life where I was so embarrassed that I remember it. It might be when I was a busser and dropped a glass cup but that’s about it.

2. What is the weirdest ever comment you got and by whom?

The one thing that stands out to me is an old coworker that said to me “are you wearing makeup?” i told her yes and she said “did anyone else notice?” and I said probably not and she said “well I noticed”…. okay? thanks, i think?

3. What is that one thing you just can’t live without?

I hate to say it, but probably my phone. I don’t like being addicted to it but I am D:

4. If you had chose between fame and true love, what will you chose?

True love any day. I think fame would make my anxiety 10x worse than it already is.

5. What is the biggest dream of your life?

I want to travel the world and see new places. I want to learn about new cultures. I want to experience new foods. I just want to experience life. I think it’s so neat how everyone is so different!

 

Down the TBR Hole #5

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Down the TBR Hole is a meme created by Lia @ Lost in a Story.

Most of you probably know this feeling, your Goodreads TBR pile keeps growing and growing and it seems like there is no light at the end of the tunnel. You keep adding, but you add more than you actually read. And then when you’re scrolling through your list, you realize that you have no idea what half the books are about and why you added them. Well that’s going to change!

It works like this:

  • Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  • Order on ascending date added.
  • Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
  • Read the synopses of the books
  • Decide: keep it or should it go?laurelsfloweers_0008_vectorsmartobject

The Books:

Anglefall by Susan Ee\\ I’m not a huge fan of this cover anymore. I think I added it to my TBR because I saw an advertisement on my kindle one day. I enjoy books about angles  but I don’t think I’ll end up picking this book up, sadly. VerdictGo

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick\\ I think I added this book because of the cover, but again, it does not sound interesting. I think I’ll have to let this one go…. VerdictGo

The Glass Sentence by S.E. Grove\\ I think I added this because Regan from the Peruse Project enjoyed it and because the cover is gorgeous. However, I’m not a fan of historical fiction in the slightest. I think I’ll have to pass on this one. Verdict: Go

Red Rising by Pierce Brown\\ This is like my number one book I want to read. I think I bought it on my kindle, but honestly, I can’t remember for the life of me. It sounds so good and I’ve heard amazing things about it. I also really enjoy the cover! It’s so pretty and simple and UGH. I need to buy this book ASAP. Verdict: Keep

The Girl from the Well by Rin Chupeco\\ This is another one that doesn’t sound like something I would really enjoy. I think the cover is really neat and creepy. I think it would make a great Halloween story, but I don’t think i’d pick it up. I’m taking it off. Verdict: Go

 

The Girl Who Was Suppose To Die

The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die

Series: Standalone
Published by: Henry Holt
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Young Adult
Pages: 213
Source: Bought, paperback
Rating: ✬✬✬✬

Synopsis:

“Take her out back and finish her off.”

She doesn’t know who she is. She doesn’t know where she is, or why. All she knows when she comes to in a ransacked cabin is that there are two men arguing over whether or not to kill her.

And that she must run

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Favorite Quote

“Don’t act. Be”

Thoughts

How would you feel if you were kidnapped and about the die without knowing who you are? That’s exactly what is about to happen with our main character. She can’t remember who she is, where she came from, or why she was kidnapped. All she knows is that she must run to safety.

This book starts off right at the beginning of the main characters kidnap. We learned along with the character as she discovered who she was and what she was running from. I really liked our main character (I don’t want to ruin it by telling you her name because it takes a bit to learn it in the book). She was fierce and bold. She was a fighter. I also enjoyed the people she meet along her journey.

I thought the writing was very fast paced. I was sucked in from page one. I had to keep reading. I had to figure out who this girl was. I had to figure out what she was running from and why. I thought it was super fun and intense read!

My only complain is the ending. I feel like everything happened so fast. Like… I don’t even really know what happened in the ending because it happened really fast. I wish there would have been more of an explanation. Overall, I’m glad I finally got around to reading this

Currently Reading…

A Man Called Ove

 A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

I’m currently listening to this story on audiobook. The narrator is great. I’m not far into this book at all but it’s absolutely adorable. The book was originally published in Sweden. Ove is known as the “grumpy neighbor”; however, the more you read the book, the more you realize there is way more to Ove than what meets the eye. I’m so excited to continue listening to this! After I finish it, I’m hoping to go back and watch the movie (again) so I have a better understanding as to what’s happening. I think the movie is in Swedish.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

 

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

This has Hank Green written all over it. The way he tells the story sounds exactly like Hank Green. I’m not super sold on the characters yet, but I like the writing a lot. I’m kind of surprised the characters aren’t making me put this down. Good characters is my go to but I just, ugh, I love the writing style. The story also is super unique and interesting. 🙂

 


Have you read either of these? What do you think? Did you like them? Hate them? Did you write a review? Let me know 😀

So I listened to an audiobook for the first time!?

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Hello friends,

I listened to my first ever audiobook! It was The Diviners by Libba Bray. I usually don’t listen to audiobooks because I never think I’ll like them. Because this was my first audiobook I really listened to, I thought I’d give my opinion and talk about my experience with it!


  • Losing focus while listening to the audiobook was one of my many struggles. I listened to it while lying in bed or driving my car; however, sometimes my mind would start to wonder to other thoughts so I’d have to rewind and relisten.
  • Sometimes I would get bored listening because the only way for me to focus was to pretty much stare at the wall. I don’t particularly enjoy just sitting and not doing anything but if I did something such as clean, again I’d lose focus of the story being told.
  • I found that I enjoyed listening to the book while I was getting ready for bed because it felt like I was being told a nighttime story! The only downside was making sure I didn’t end up falling asleep, tehehe
  • I really enjoyed the fact that the narrator talked in different voices for each character. It gave the characters a different feel rather than me reading each character in the same voice in my head (if that made any sense haha).
  • The book felt more alive because I was honestly terrified while I listened to some parts right before bed. I was scared to sleep! Listening to different scary parts added to the suspense for me.
  • It felt like it took me for-freaking-ever to finish the story because I read faster than the narrator.

Overall, I really enjoyed the experience with an audiobook. I don’t think I’ll listen to them a whole bunch though because it takes me forever to get through them. However, I might listen to more from time to time 🙂

 

Do you like audiobooks? Why or why not? What’s your favorite audiobook?

July Wrap-Up

Hello readers,

This is a little late but here’s my July wrap-up! Holy cow, how is July over already? It’s almost 2019 already! I had a relatively decent reading month. I sadly didn’t get to all my books on my TBR but I read most of them!

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I read quite a few books but I only got around to reviewing 3 books this month:
Lost Boys (ARC)\\ This book was…. different. It was okay but definitely not my favorite.
✬✬
The Hating Game\\ This book was hilarious and fun and cute and everything I needed.
✬✬✬✬
Meant to be Broken (ARC)\\ This book was more than just a love story. It was a lot deeper than I was expecting!
✬✬✬✬

The books I read but didn’t around to reviewing are the following; however, if you click the link, it’ll take you to my review of them on goodreads! (I never really wrote a review for To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before):
Emergency Contact\\✬✬
-Zero Chemistry
-Wasn’t too found of the characters
-Took awhile to get into
Almost DNFed

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before\\✬✬✬
-Did not like Lara Jean
-Found the writing to be boring
-Seemed kind of instalovey
-Fun cheesy romance for the summer

I also started two books in July! One was an ARC and the author was an Audiobook! I started both of these at the very, very end of July so I never actually finished them in July

The Darkest Roots was an ARC that I received and The Diviners was an audiobook I started. It’s really creepy to listen to it! I’ll be honest. It’s different.

Random Statistics:
Average Rating: 3
Pages Read: 1,761
Book Read:5
Audiobooks: Started 1
ARC’s:2
DNFed: 0
Favorite Book: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
Least Favorite Book: Emergency Contact by Mary H.K Cho

Personal Things:
-Started playing Pokémon Go again! My boyfriend and I played it for 6.5 hours.
-Saw the Incredibles 2. I surprising enjoyed it. It was a lot longer than I was expecting though…
-I also saw Ant-Man and the Wasp. I enjoyed that one a lot better than the first one!
-Going along with the movie train, I also go Moviepass. I heard it’s going down hill but I’m still excited for it! I’m excited to see how it goes.

Book Buying Ban )’:

Hello fellow readers!

I’m putting myself on a book buying ban. I have two books that I have pre-ordered and will be receiving sometime in the future; however, I need to put a hold on buying books. I’m starting college back up (after 4 years) and textbooks are expensive. I’m also only working part-time so money is limited.

I’m still going to be reading though! I have tons and tons of books I need to read that I already own. I am also trying to read more books from the library app! I should probably check out my local libraries and get physical copies too.

I’m not sure when I’ll get rid of this ban. Hopefully by the end of the year. It’s so sad.

In the mean time, what books do you suggest I borrow from the library? What books should I read? I’ve currently been in a fantasy/paranormal mood.

Hard Things About Book Blogging

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I always see a lot of posts about the pros of book blogging and what people enjoy about it but rarely do I see the cons of blogging. Sometimes people think making a blog is simple and easy; however, they become discouraged when they realize that blogging is not all fun and games. Because of this, I thought I’d make a list of things about blogging that I find hard to do.


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  • Blogging is a lot of work. You can’t just slap together a post and call it good (which, admittedly, I sometimes do this…). Sometimes it can take me close to an hour to write a blog post because I have to think about what topic I want to write about, what to say about said topic, and sometimes get pictures to include. Then when all that is said and done, I sometimes try to go back and make sure I don’t have any spelling errors (again, most times I forget to do this. Guilty as charged!)

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  • I don’t always know what to talk about. I feel like I see all of these great discussion posts from other book bloggers and feel discouraged because man I only seem to post reviews! I sometimes don’t feel like I’m a good enough blogger

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  • I feel pressured to read Advanced Reader Copies (ARC’s). No one is blame but myself; however, I feel like I need to read some ARC’s in order to be considered a book blogger. I know that’s not the case but I still seem to request more ARC’s than I can handle.

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  • Sometimes it feels like it’s hard to get your blog up and rolling. It’s frustrating when you see multiple bloggers that have 100+ followers and all you can think is how!? I try to promote my blog on facebook and twitter but sometimes that never feels like enough. Sometimes I comment on people’s post as well just to get my name out there but I don’t always have things to write for a comment and I’d hate to just write “awesome post!”.

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  • I feel like I have a hard time scheduling posts as well. I’m trying to create a schedule for myself with preplanned post idea’s but sometimes I feel unmotivated to write those posts. Thus, I get behind and beat myself up for it.

Although blogging is hard work and not all fun and games, it’s still a very rewarding experience. I wouldn’t give up blogging for anything. ❤

My Favorite Bookish Quotes

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Hello friends! I don’t know about anyone else but I live for quotes in books. I absolutely adore them. It doesn’t matter if it’s impactful, funny, or romantic, I love to save them on goodreads! So I thought I’d share some of my favorites with you lovely people ❤


“I’ve got a stele we can use. Who wants to do me?”
“A regrettable choice of words,” muttered Magnus.”   ― Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

“And why did he have to call me “quiet”? I hated being called quiet. People always said it like it was some kind of deficiency—like just because I didn’t put everything out there right away, I was unfriendly or arrogant. My mom had understood. You may be slow to warm up, but once you do, you light up the whole room” ― Jenna Evans Welch, Love & Gelato

“Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.” ― Veronica Roth, Insurgent

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“Here’s what’s not beautiful about it: from here, you can’t see the rust or the cracked paint or whatever, but you can tell what the place really is. You can see how fake it all is. It’s not even hard enough to be made out of plastic. It’s a paper town. I mean, look at it, Q: look at all those culs-de-sac, those streets that turn in on themselves, all the houses that were built to fall apart. All those paper people living in their paper houses, burning the future to stay warm. All the paper kids drinking beer some bum bought for them at the paper convenience store. Everyone demented with the mania of owning things. All the things paper-thin and paper-frail. And all the people, too. I’ve lived here for eighteen years and I have never once in my life come across anyone who cares about anything that matters.” ― John Green, Paper Towns

“She decided that if Lucas was gay then she was going to have to get a sex change operation. He would be so worth it.” ― Josephine Angelini, Starcrossed

“It’s just that I don’t want to be somebody’s crush. If somebody likes me, I want them to like the real me, not what they think I am. And I don’t want them to carry it around inside. I want them to show me, so I can feel it too.” ― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Favorite Quotes

“Without a human voice to read them aloud, or a pair of wide eyes following them by flashlight beneath a blanket, books had no real existence in our world. Like seeds in the beak of a bird waiting to fall to earth, or the notes of a song laid out on a sheet, yearning for an instrument to bring their music into being. they lie dormant hoping for the chance to emerge. They want us to give them life.” ― John Connolly, The Book of Lost Things

“It’s hard to be different,” Scarborough said. “And perhaps the best answer is not to tolerate differences, not even to accept them. But to celebrate them. Maybe then those who are different would feel more loved, and less, well, tolerated.” ― Bill Konigsberg, Openly Straight

“I leapt eagerly into books. The characters’ lives were so much more interesting than the lonely heartbeat of my own.”
― Ruta Sepetys, Out of the Easy

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” ― Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

“Life fractures all of us into little pieces. It harms us, but it’s how we glue those fractures back together that makes us stronger.” ―Carrie Jones, Entice

“It’s superb to be out in the early, early morning before the sun comes up. There’s this sense of being super-alive. You’re in on a secret that all the dull, sleeping people don’t know about. Unlike them, you’re alert and aware of existing right here in this precise moment between what happened and what’s going to happen.” ― Tim Tharp, The Spectacular Now

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